Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister must accept CPIT payment

Minister must accept CPIT payment

Steve Maharey must accept Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology's offer to pay back $80,000 that it spent on inducements in breach of the rules, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English.

"Maharey has been nit-picking about the rules but hasn't indicated that he will take any action over the CPIT funding scam."

The chairman of the CPIT council told Christchurch radio listeners that CPIT would pay back the $80,000 it spent on purchasing the gifts it gave to those enrolling in the controversial Cool-IT course if it is found that the inducements were in breach of the rules.

"Section of the Interim Guide to Tertiary Funding expressly states that money cannot be spent on inducements," says Mr English.

"Steve Maharey should take the money to show that the Government will enforce the prudent use of taxpayer money.

"I understand the $80,000 covers only book vouchers. CPIT also paid $20 to schools and libraries for each enrolment and this money should also be paid back.

"I welcome moves by the Government to cut the funding and tighten the rules," says Mr English.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news